You Couldn’t IMAGINE What Happened to Jim Carrey

You Couldn’t IMAGINE What Happened to Jim Carrey

When you think of a successful comedian, Jim Carrey is the first that comes to mind. But Carrey wasn’t always laughing.

During his early years at school, Carrey was quiet and didn’t have many friends. He began compensating with humour, with teachers labelling him disruptive in class, but resulting in Carrey finding his niche – he could make people laugh.

Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Carrey’s life was in pieces after his father lost his job – forcing the entire family to live out of a van. During this troubled time Carrey dropped out of school at fifteen, to work eight hour shifts as a janitor to support his family.

Carrey made his first debut at a stand up comedy club in Toronto, Yuk Yuk’s, where he described “bombing badly”. When family life became stable Carrey was able to channel his creative energy back onto comedy, from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, where he was noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield.

Dangerfield took Carrey Stateside, where his career as a comic began to flourish. Carrey then turned his attention to film and television, auditioning for Saturday Night Live although being rejected multiple times. Our first glimpse of Carrey was In Living Colour, before he was cast in leading roles Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb & Dumber. It’s hard to believe he was once booed off stage, but Carrey’s optimism and perseverance paid off as we now know him for his physical brand of comedy and as a bone fide movie star. 

By Lois-Amber Toole

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